A Deeper Experience Of God 's Grace Written By Dr. Piper

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The conversation started in the gospel of John, has been picked up by another theologian named John. John Piper. Dr. Piper is not only a best-selling author, but is also one of the most well-known theologians of the twenty-first century. Dr. Piper grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and after high school he attended Wheaton College. He earned his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Divinity from the University of Munich. Dr. Piper served as the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis Minnesota for 33 years. Today, he serves as the Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. Dr. Piper’s long tenure as a pastor and author has honed his ability to explain theological topics in clear and…show more content…
Dr. Piper demonstrates that those who are truly elect cannot fall away from grace. The doctrine of preservation, based not on human fallibility, but the Trinity’s holiness, can never fail. God “has not left us [Christians] to ourselves to confirm our calling and election”. Preservation of the saints is not just espoused by Dr. Piper, but he sites numerous Biblical texts to support his argument. One of the pillars of preservation, as described by Dr. Piper, is that the maintenance of everlasting faith rests on the holiness of God. However, God cannot preserve someone in salvation, if their faith is not active. This is demonstrated in 2 Peter 1:10 which says, “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” Dr. Piper uses this verse to demonstrate his understanding of election as a relationship, a two-way street. Our actions do not save us, but true faith cannot help but be active, growing and changing. True faith demands that the believer be “diligent to confirm”. Some charge that the concept of preservation can cause true believers to despair. Dr. Piper points out verses such as 1 John 1:8-9 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Those
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